KOKOMO BLUES

Latest update on 12/07/2020

Artist: Madlyn Davis
Author: Scrapper Blackwell
Label: Paramount
Year: 1928

On the label spelled as Kokola Blues, but it's Kokomo, Indiana where it's all about.

Covers:

1928:

Scrapper Blackwell [as Kokomo Blues, even on the label]

1932:

Jabo Williams [as Ko Ko Mo Blues]

1933:

Lucille Bogan [as Red Cross Man, including the Baby don't you want to go line]

1934:

Kokomo Arnold [as Old Original Kokomo Blues]

1935:

Freddie Spruell [as Mr. Freddie's Kokomo Blues]

1937:

Robert Johnson [as Sweet Home Chicago; no more Kokomo as final destination and the Eleven Light City was changed in the land of California; but the biggest innovation is the boogie rhythm underneath; it's as if there's two guitar players involved while it's just Robert solo; how did he manage? Cause that's a real economic trick to master; learn to play that way means can do without a partner]

1937:

Big Boy Knox [as Eleven Light City Blues]

1937:

Frank Busby [as 'Leven Light City; according to Kokomo Arnold Eleven Light City was the name of a Chicago drugstore on 35th & State selling coffee by the name of Koko; the same drugstore was already mentioned in the original lyrics of Madlyn Davis' Kokola Blues]

1939:

Tommy McClennan [as Baby Don't You Want To Go]

1941:

Walter Davis [as Don't You Want To Go]

1941:

Robert Lockwood Jr. [as Take A Little Walk With Me; first cover of a Robert Johnson song, even if it's someone else's]

1941:

Big Bill Broonzy [idem]

1945:

Jimmy McCracklin [as Baby Don't You Want To Go]

1955:

Roosevelt Sykes [as Sweet Old Chicago]

1958:

Little Junior Parker [as Sweet Home Chicago; top 20 R&B for Duke]

1964:

Fred McDowell [as Kokomo Blues]

1966:

Johnny Shines [as Sweet Home Chicago]

1967:

Magic Sam [idem]

1969:

Honeyboy Edwards [idem]

1970:

Earl Hooker [idem]

1971:

John Renbourn [as Kokomo Blues]

1972:

Taj Mahal [as Sweet Home Chicago]

1975:

Homesick James [idem]

1975:

Lonnie Brooks [idem]

1977:

Roy Buchanan [idem]

1978:

Blues Brothers [idem]

1978:

Foghat [idem]

1980:

Hans Theessink [idem]

1988:

Alexis Korner [idem]

1989:

Duke Tumatoe [idem]

1991:

Terry Garland [as Kokomo]

1991:

Amos Garrett-Doug Sahm-Gene Taylor [idem]

1993:

Blues Band [as Sweet Home Chicago]

1995:

Peter Green [idem]

2000:

Status Quo [idem]

2000:

Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues [idem; born educator Billy Branch works his ass of every forthnite teaching this bloody blues classic to a bunch of problematic schoolkids in the projects which he just provided with an harmonica, their first musical instrument ever; at the end of this two week training session he promises they will all be offered a staged appearance before a live audience (their parents and school mates) playing Sweet Home Chicago along with a self composed blues song and backed up by The Sons Of The Blues; no kidding; it's called Blues In Schools and it works! Both home in Chicago and abroad; he even teached in Antwerp, Belgium]

2001:

Luther Allison [idem]

2004:

Eric Clapton [idem]

2009:

Ronnie Earl [idem]

2011:

Steve Miller Band [idem]

2011:

Rory Block [as Kokomo Blues]

2019:

Gunther Neefs [idem]

For the rhythm of Sweet Home Chicago, see also: Lead Pencil Blues.

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